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Sue Price humble in defeat: “There is still plenty to do”

SUE Price was yesterday deposed as long-serving deputy mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council however she wished only the best for her successor, newly-elected councillor Stephen Ritchie.

Councillor Price had served as deputy mayor for two terms under mayor Katrina Humphries, who retained the top job after yesterday’s crucial vote.

“I have enjoyed my eight years as deputy mayor very much and wish councillor Ritchie all the best in the role,” Cr Price said.

“I hope the new council can work together to achieve great things for Moree Plains Shire.”

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The new look: (at back from left) Cr Mike Montgomery, deputy mayor Stephen Ritchie, Cr Greg Smith, Cr Jim Crawford and (at front from left) Cr John Tramby, Cr Sue Price, Cr Kerry Cassells, mayor Katrina Humphries and Cr George Chiu. (Image supplied)

Cr Price certainly kept busy during her two terms as deputy mayor – and she says the work will continue as she heads into her third term as a Moree Plains councillor.

She is the current chairperson of the Australian Rural Road Group and vice-chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance.

“I will continue to represent the interests of MPSC in these forums. The projects being advocated for by these organisations will, I believe, bring benefits to our region,” Cr Price said.

“The inland rail is a project I am particularly passionate about as I believe that it will bring significant economic and social benefits to rural Australia, including Moree Plains.

“I hope to continue with the work already started during my last two terms as a councillor, particularly with respect to the improvement of local roads and further progress towards the inland rail project and will continue to represent the interests of our shire on a broader, State and national level,” she said.

Newly-elected deputy mayor Stephen Ritchie said he was humbled to be given such an important role, given that this is his first term in office.

“I have some big shoes to fill,” Cr Ritchie said.

“Cr Price has done a wonderful job during the past eight years and I hope that I can carry on the good work.

“She is an asset to Moree Plains Shire Council,” he said.

Mayor Humphries and deputy mayor Ritchie joins Cr Price and councillors Kerry Cassells, George Chiu, Jim Crawford, Michael Montgomery, Greg Smith and John Tramby as Moree Plains’ new-look council.

“The best councils are cohesive and will debate the issues, not the personalities – bring on our great future,” mayor Humphries said.

Words Copyright Bill Poulos 2016

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